Photo: Henderson Libraries
What would insiders like others to know about literacy? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion:
Literacy = The ability to read and write.
We’re creating a digital literacy quiz platform by platform (or social web channel by social web channel).
What if we addressed digital literacy as a form of capacity building?
September 8 is International Literacy Day
#LiteracyDay Q1: How do you translate International Literacy Day in other languages?
¿Cómo se traduce el Día Internacional de la Alfabetización en otros idiomas?
Spanish: Día Internacional de la Alfabetización
Chinanteco de San Felipe Usila (México): jm quieh a he ma jyi
Chinanteco de Sochiapam (México): Jmáɨ¹ quioh²¹ Jú¹jma²
Quechua (Bolivia): Yachana Jatun Punchay
Nyungar (Australia): Nidja Kedela Boolala Moort Bibbul Djinanginy (this day lots of people/family are looking at paper/bark)
Estonian: Rahvusvaheline Kirjaoskuse Päev
Translating: A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. (Poster)
Spanish: Una persona que no leerá no tiene ninguna ventaja sobre quien no sabe leer.
|Literacy||Illiteracy||Digital Literacy||Digital Illiteracy|
|Spanish: La alfabetización||analfabetismo||Spanish: La alfabetización digital||analfabetismo digital|
|German: Die Alphabetisierung||German: Digitale Medienkompeteng|
|Estonian: Kirjaoskus||kirjaoskamatus||Estonian: Digitaalne kirjaoskus||digitaalne kirjaoskamatus|
Two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are given to five laureates every year.
The first Prize is the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea, which awards two candidates with special attention to the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training.
The second Prize is the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy. It is supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and awards three candidates, giving special consideration to literacy projects for adults, learners in rural areas, and out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women.
Each of the five prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma, and US$20.000 for their project or programme. The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are awarded at an official ceremony at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris on the International Literacy Day.
How to apply and nominate
Candidates should take into account this year’s theme – literacy in a digital world – and also consider the special focus of each Prize.
Applications should be submitted to the Director-General of UNESCO through appropriate governments of Member States and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO.
Each government or non-governmental organization can nominate up to three applications for the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, and up to two applications for the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize.
- 5 June 2017 for applications
- 14 June 2017 for nominations
More information: Find the full application and nomination guidelines and other relevant information on the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes web page.
Consider the development of the written word enabled the development of human culture.
We have computers, smartphones and wired wonders galore, but at a practical level digital illiteracy is thoroughly embedded in government, in business, in education, in health … the list goes on and on.
Interacting and engaging between different platforms (or social web channels) challenges challenges us all.
Are we digitally literate? = ¿Estámos alfabetizadas digitales?
Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.
– Groucho Marx
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
– Dr.Seuss. (poster)
Digital illiteracy is thoroughly embedded in government, in business, in education, in health, in the not for profit sector. It’s people who want those who are participating in the digital revolution to give up their benefits and come back and support the status quo. Revolutions break stuff and the first thing they break is the status quo. The status quo is represented by documents, like spreadsheets and word processing documents. I’m sorry, but it’s not going to happen. Our biggest challenge in digital literacy is taking all of these organizations and moving them to a position where they can interact with, communicate with and work with the community that is digitally enabled.
– Earl Mardle, 20-20 Communication Trust
Minutes 41-47, Digital Literacy – Navigating a connected world
Una democracia analfabeta es una no-democracia, como la nuestra.
– Justo Sierra
Translating: Our biggest challenge in digital literacy is taking organizations and moving them to a position where they can interact with, communicate with and work with the community that is digitally enabled. – Earl Mardle
Spanish: Nuestro mayor desafío en la alfabetización digital se está llevando a las organizaciones y su traslado a una posición donde pueden interactuar, comunicarse y trabajar con la comunidad que es activado digitalmente.- Earl Mardle
Swedish: Vår största utmaning i datakunskap tar organisationer och flytta dem till en position där de kan interagera med, kommunicera med och arbeta med det omgivande samhälletsom är digitalt aktiverad.- Earl Mardle
German: Unsere größte Herausforderung in der digitalen Kompetenz nimmt Organisationen und bewegte sie in eine Position, wo sie mit interagieren können, kommunizieren und arbeiten mit der Gemeindedas ist digital aktiviert.- Earl Mardle
Estonian: Meie digitaalse kirjaoskuse alane suurim väljakutse on viia organisatsioonid olukorda, kus nad suhtleksid ja teeksid koostööd digitaalselt aktiivse
ühiskonnaga. – Earl Mardle
Books – Communication – Dictation – Digital Literacy – Fluency – Guided Reading – Library – Linguistics – Literacy – Non-Literate – Orality – Reading – Summer Slide – Transliteracy – Writing
Summer Slide = The loss of skills students learn during the school year over the summer.
Suggestions courtesy of UNESCO
Donate books and reading materials to your local school or community centre
Start a reading club
Volunteer to teach literacy classes in your community
Become a mentor of a non-literate person
Digital Literacy – Navigating a connected world
Digital literacy: Navigating a connected world
The top and middle texts are in Ancient Egyptian using hieroglyphic script and Demotic script, respectively, while the bottom is in Ancient Greek.
Rosetta Stone – Wikipedia
Elsewhere on the Web
Asia-Pacific Literacy Database
Teach Digital Literacy
Improving Indigenous literacy by telling Indigenous stories – There’s still a gap, widening in parts of Australia, between the literacy rates of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.
The Written World, Episode 1 – Melvyn Bragg investigates the development of the written word and how it has shaped our intellectual history. In this first program he looks at the technology of writing, arguably our most important invention. He examines some of the oldest surviving writing implements, and discovers how making signs on clay, wood or parchment enabled the development of human culture.
The Written World, Episode 2 – The Written World, presented by writer and BBC broadcaster, Melvyn Bragg, investigates the evolution of writing technology from the time of classical antiquity to the invention of printing.
The Written World, Episode 3 – Writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg explores how writing has influenced the spread of religion, and how the earliest writing materials and techniques allowed religions to develop.
The Written World, Episode 4 – Melvyn Bragg explores the critical role of writing in the development of human culture.
The Written World, Episode 5 – Melvyn Bragg concludes his five part survey of the written word by considering how the invention of writing made the scientific revolution of the Enlightenment possible. In this episode, he examines some influential documents, including the student notebooks of Sir Isaac Newton.
The power of literacy